Lets recharge those batteries! We all seem to be busy, always rushing and stressed, never any time to simply 'do nothing', it's as though we have been conditioned to be 'doing something', to be 'busy' at all times with never any time to calm down and truly relax.

A monk would no doubt explain that experiencing inner peace is synonymous with being happy about each moment and enjoying everything life throws at you. But we're not monks who spend their days meditating for their eternal ohm. Most of us lead busy lives: we play hard and work harder!
However sometimes we need to calm down, to relax, to recharge our batteries and take stock of our directions. If we don't do this then we can even run the risk of becoming ill, having a nervous breakdown or simply becoming a grump that no one can stand being around.
Today's society is geared so much toward production, productivity and performance that we have forgotten how to smell the flowers occasionally. We hardly have time to breathe and before we realize it, another day has rushed by.

We need to force ourselves to relax, to break away from our normal world...... Listed here are some (mostly) simple ideas for relaxing, try them. See if you can force yourself to find just 5 minutes to try some. Immerse yourself in it and you will probably see that the five minutes seems longer than just 5 minutes and you will feel calmer, refreshed and ready for whatever come next......

  • Go for a walk on the beach
  • Listen to classical music
  • Watch a river run over pebbles
  • Play with a pet
  • Cuddle a baby
  • Smile at a child
  • Get lost in the great outdoors
  • Collect shells at the beach
  • Play games
  • Meditate
  • Power nap
  • Do yoga
  • Do any sport that helps you to relax
  • Read a good book
  • Go sailing
  • Go hiking
  • Listen, really listen to your iPod
  • Watch a funny/kids movie
  • Sleep
  • Pray
  • Gaze into the landscape
  • Gaze into candlelight
  • Read by candlelight
  • Do some scrapbooking or go through some old photo's
  • Paint
  • Find a new hobby
  • Hibernate with a cup of herbal tea and a good book
  • Take a relaxing bath
  • Get a massage
  • Sing
  • Dance
  • Lie down in the grass and gaze up into the sky
  • Walk barefoot
  • Reflect on your life
  • Daydream
  • Take a long shower
  • Go on holiday
  • Go for a weekend getaway
  • Sit in the garden with a cold beer
  • Gaze up at the stars

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